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Former Douglas High runners shine at Santa Clara

by Chuck Smock

Jody Carlsen, a 1997 Carson High School graduate, ran to first place and helped the University of Nevada women’s cross country team capture its second team title in as many weeks at U.C. Davis’ Aggie Invitational on Saturday.

Carlsen covered the flat and fast 5,000-meter course in a time of 17 minutes, 52.60 seconds to lead a 1-2-3 Nevada sweep in the collegiate division. Her time was the sixth fastest by a collegiate woman on the Davis course.

Jenny Smokey, a 1999 Douglas graduate now running for Santa Clara University, ran 19:51 to finish 16th in the collegiate division (25th overall and second on the team).

Annie Gastelum, who also ran for Douglas’ 4A state championship team last season, finished 86th overall in 21:28 for Santa Clara.

Maribah Abiedu was second, 13 seconds behind Carlsen, and Smith Valley product Christy Gleason was third in 19:04.

Jen Fozard, a 1999 Carson grad, also ran 20:04 to finish as Nevada’s No. 8 runner.

As a team, Nevada outscored Sacramento State by a 27-78 margin for the team title.

Carlsen was coming off a second-place performance one week before at Fresno State, where the Wolf Pack collected yet another team title.

“This was a fast time for Jody, it was close to her track best, so she is running so well right now,” Nevada coach Kay Gooch said. “I’m looking forward to seeing her run in some really big races coming up.”

The Wolf Pack competes next weekend at the high-powered Stanford Invitational. The Big West Conference Championships will be held on Oct. 30 at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.